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Murray and Robson boost home hopes

Andy Murray bolstered British hopes for Wimbledon glory on Friday evening as he followed in the footsteps of Laura Robson and breezed to victory.

The Scot won his clash against Spaniard Tommy Robredo in straight sets played out in front of a packed Centre Court to earn a place in the final 16.

He emerged triumphant after Robson, 19, earned herself a standing ovation when she stormed through to the third round.

Murray, 26, received a resounding cheer as he swatted aside his opponent in two hours, beating him 6-2, 6-4, 7-5. He smiled broadly and waved to fans as he walked off the All England Club's main show court to deafening cheers.

Speaking afterwards, he said: "I've been tested and come through it. People are putting even more pressure on me because of the nature of the draw and how the draw has worked out. I have just got to try and stay focused, not to worry about that stuff."

Earlier, an animated crowd spurred Robson to victory with shouts of "Come on, Laura!" while outside the court hundreds gathered on "Murray mount" to watch the action on a big screen. Her success was met with a roar from supporters who lined up to congratulate the teenager.

Robson, who has seen her fan base swell dramatically as her prospects have improved, later said her "biggest dream" would be to take the Wimbledon title.

But she admitted suffering from nerves ahead of the 6-4, 6-1 win over Colombia's Mariana Duque-Marino, the world number 117.

She said: "It's a big win for me, any match on Centre Court is a big one. It was a great atmosphere out there today and the roof being closed makes it louder."

The victory means Robson goes through to the third round of Wimbledon for the first time in her career.


From Belfast Telegraph